, BitFlipper wrote

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That's what I said. The new Apple connector isn't going to help you align it up any better than a microUSB. It's only going to give you a better chance if finally getting it in. IOW, it doesn't help at all with the alignment. Might cut down slightly on the amount of time you struggle, but seriously, that justifies a whole new proprietary connector that will cost all Apple customers extra $$ and require an extra converter to hook up to any standard accessories?

Sorry, I just don't buy that kind of justification for something that was clearly done by Apple to gouge more $$ from its customers. And you fall for it?

I'd have to try it first, of course, but I suspect that removing the orientation uncertainty is going to make a difference. Once you know that the orientation doesn't matter, you can just fiddle and apply more force without worrying about breaking anything (which is the reason for all the flipping I described)

This said, I agree: as I said in my first post Apple should have gone with what everybody else is using. The convenience of being able to use whatever charger or cable is laying around, or leech an emergency charge outweighs any improvement. I wouldn't be surprised if this attempt at lock-in backfired on them.